In the natural world of the horse, soul, spirit and intuition are powerful themes. Horses possess an ’emotional intelligence’ of the heart experienced deeply in our human realm.
Charcoal drawing has an ancient and distinguished legacy dating back tens of thousands of years. From prehistoric times when animals were depicted on the walls of the Chauvet caves of France, to our current time, charcoal lines and forms remain the unsurpassed medium of the artist. In the time of the Renaissance, charcoal drawings were used in preparatory work for oil paintings but now indeed are regarded by the artist as finished works of art in their own right.
Unlike pencil or graphite, as a stick of charcoal is drawn across paper it leaves behind particles with a rough irregular shape. The resulting image is one with dramatic depths of black and a rich matte and velvety surface.
Sophisticated and primitive, the power of charcoal drawing spans centuries of expression.
‘Horses make a landscape more beautiful’
– Lame Deer Seeker of Visions
Alison Burnett studied fine art at Lowestoft College of Art and Ipswich College of Art in Great Britain. She is an avid horsewoman and is a British Horse Society Horsemaster as well as a United States Dressage Federation medalist. She lives in the forest on Mount Hood in Oregon. Her Andalusian horse Lourinho, is an endless source of inspiration.
Alison Burnett’s work is in galleries, museums and private collections throughout the world and is published in the prestigious juried International Art Horse exhibition books.
‘The eternal being, as it lives in us, also lives in every animal’